For long, I have nurtured the desire to travel the world. In 2017, I have decided to quit my job to travel the world and booked a one way ticket to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.
After having read several travel reviews on Ho Chi Minh, I was finally able to discover it myself. My experience has been really similar to the ones of travelers I have encountered along the road: It’s certainly not a top cultural destination and there is not really much to say about it.
However, I would say that the main takeaway of exploring the city is sensing its crazyness. Ho Chi MInh is about 20 times the size of Paris and counts 8m+ habitants. Despite being a good walker, several hours of walking did not even get me out of the first district. Well, I have reached district 2 after 4 hours.
There is litteraly life (and motorbikes) at any street corner. Pretty much anything you can think of is sold on the street: food, clothes, manufacturing pieces, domestic electrical, paintings and many more.
One highly paradoxal thing I have noticed and that is really similar with China (and probably some other countries in Asia) ; despite being the world factory, Asia is king in repairing stuff and giving it a second life.
The noise pollution and road crossing skills are things that you get used to after a couple of hours though. There is nothing better than being at a main crossing during peak hours and watching the infinite ballet of motorbikes. I have always wonder how they manage not to crash. (If you have no idea of what I have just said, just type Ho Chi MInh traffic on youtube)!